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Seriously Simple: This retro Valentine’s Day salad never goes out of style

Diane Rossen Worthington, Tribune Content Agency on

Valentine’s Day is a holiday I embrace. A celebration of love and kindness is my kind of holiday. It’s a way to let your loved ones and dear friends know how much you appreciate them.

I like to come up with dishes that celebrate the moment. Usually, it’s a chocolate molten cake or a chocolate brownie to sweeten the holiday. This year, I decided to surprise my husband with a savory dish that happens to be one of his favorite starters: the classic iceberg wedge salad.

This salad was on restaurant menus across the country in the 1950s, ’60s and early ’70s. I remember ordering this pale green wedge of goodness, topped with creamy dressing, as a young child. Sometimes it had simply crumbled blue cheese and sour cream dressing; others would be dressed up with crispy bacon and chopped tomatoes. This may be retro, but frankly it never goes out of style.

This recipe has a few modern twists.

Crispy pancetta, uncured Italian bacon, and sweet red and yellow cherry tomatoes complement the crisp lettuce wedges beautifully. The lettuce wedges are further embellished with a topping of a creamy blue cheese vinaigrette and blue cheese crumbles. (Feel free to use your favorite French blue cheese or try one of America’s blue cheeses.)

Some notes: If you love a bit of sweetness, omit the tomatoes, and add some caramelized nuts; also, an easy way to remove the lettuce core is to hit it against the counter and it will loosen for easy removal.

 

While this recipe serves eight, you can easily cut it in half for four. For a dinner party, serve these on individual salad plates. For a larger party, arrange the wedges on a large platter and dress them just before serving.

The Iceberg Wedge

Serves 8

For the dressing:

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